The Nigerian military and extremist sect, Boko Haram, have reached an immediate ceasefire, the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, said Friday.

There were reports the two sides were having talks over the release of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by the group April 14.

Boko Haram membersSuspected Boko Haram members

Details of the ceasefire deal is still sketchy but Mr. Badeh has ordered all field officers to comply with the agreement.

Boko Haram has sacked several communities in north east Nigeria and has killed more than 13,000 deaths in a five-year long bloody campaign.

- Sahara Reporters

Ayodele Fayose Sworn In As 11th Ekiti Governor

Jonathan Fayose Muazu

Ayodele Fayose was on Thursday, sworn in as the 11th Governor of Ekiti State at the Olu Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti, where thousands of indigenes and members of the People’s Democratic Party gathered to witness the event.

The Chairman of PDP, Adamu Muazu, was present at the event and led other top members including the governors of Akwa Ibom, Katsina, Cross River, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kaduna, Abia, Kebbi, Delta and Ondo States. Immediate past governor of Anambra, Peter Obi was also present.

To this Fayose said: “I am blessed and it is evident that God is with me.”

As part of his inauguration speech, Fayose called on all present to observe a minute silence for the souls of party members and that of the All Progressives Congress, APC, which has departed from Ekiti.

“History is being made and it will take a while to surpass” an elated Fayose said, referring to the occasion of his second inauguration as governor of the state.


Army Begins Trial Of 59 Soldiers For Refusing To Fight Boko Haram

An Army General Court Martial set up by the authorities of the Nigerian Military have charged 59 soldiers on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy to commit mutiny and murder in Abuja.

The accused militaries include two corporals, nine lance corporals and 48 private soldiers belonging to the 111 Special Forces Battalion, Maiduguri, Borno State.


All of them appealed not guilty to the charges, when they were read to them by the Judge Advocate of the Court, Lt. Col. Ukpe Ukpe.


The prosecutor, J.E. Nwosu, an army Captain, supposed that the defendants had on August 4, in Maiduguri, refused to join the 111 Special Forces Battalion troops, commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel for advance operation Timothy Opurum.

Mr. Nwosu said the maneuver was expected to recall Delwa, Bulabulin and Damboa in Borno State from the Boko Haram terrorists.

The commander of the 111 Special Forces, Lt.-Col. Opurum, was called as one of the witnesses.

After this the President of the Court, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yusuf delayed trial till Thursday.

The arraignment of the 59 soldiers is the largest number of soldiers ever charged for mutiny in the history of the Nigerian Army.

The crime of mutiny carries the death penalty.

The General Court Martial was inaugurated on October 2, to try 97 soldiers, including 15 senior officers for mutiny. (NAN)

- Source: Naij.com

PDP welcomes Buhari to presidential race, faults his claims on state of the nation


The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says it is pleased to welcome to the 2015 presidential contest, a former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari.

The former warlord declared his intention on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

A statement signed by Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary said while the party congratulates and wishes Buhari well in his ambition, it heard some distortions and misrepresentation of facts in his speech.

PDP noted that Buhari stated that Nigeria was generating 4000 mws of electricity in 1999 but has today fallen short of that capacity under the the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The ruling party said the fact remained that as at May 29th 1999 when PDP took office, Nigeria was generating 1600 mws.

Continuing, the spokesman urged Nigerians to fact-check Buhari’s position.

“Corroboration of this figure can also be sought from the World Bank, the IMF and multiple other authoritative sources”, it said.

“In contrast, it is common knowledge that under the transformative leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria now generates 4568 mws of electricity; a triple of what was generated in 1999.

“Again, General Muhammadu Buhari stated that a growing economy which the PDP inherited in 1999 has been destroyed within 15 years in office. This also does not represent the reality on the ground.

“The fact which can be verified from the hand-over notes from the
military as well as from the World Bank and IMF is that Nigeria was the third largest economy in Africa in 1999, behind South Africa and Egypt. The nation was also rated number 48 in the world, our Foreign Reserve stood at $3.6 Billion while our foreign debt stood at $36 billion.

“However, it is incontrovertible that in the last 15 years of PDP
leadership, especially the last three years of dynamic and purposeful administration provided by President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria’s economy has become the largest in Africa and the 26th largest in the world. Similarly, our Foreign Reserve is now over $39 billion dollars, and our foreign debts reduced to less than $7 billion from $36 billion.”

PDP observed that Buhari also told supporters that Nigeria’s agricultural sector had gone down under the PDP, a statement which also did not reflect the reality on the ground.

It argued that in the last 15 years under the PDP, especially the last three years of vigorous application of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda, there had been an unparalleled government input in agriculture, as Nigeria food import had reduced from N1.1 trillion in 2010 to N684 billion.

Metuh added that while the PDP understood that the APC was hell-bent on using every opportunity at its disposal to discredit the PDP in quest for political control, Buhari’s handlers should always cross-check their facts.

“Finally, the PDP again welcomes General Buhari into the presidential race and hopes that in the future, he will not allow himself to be further embarrassed in the course of his campaign”, Metuh concluded.

- daily post

Property owners lament as Police razes suspected MASSOB den in Onitsha


Property owners lament as Police razes suspected MASSOB den in OnitshaBy Sylvester Ugwuanyi on October 16, 2014
RalphUwazuruikeThere was palpable tension in Onitsha, the commercial capital of Anambra State yesterday as Police operatives in the state set ablaze a building located at Okpoko Layout, which is reportedly a hide-out for members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB.

In reaction, the Landlord of the property, Ikechukwu Agude and his family, who cried that the Police had ruined them, said the house was never a MASSOB hide-out.

According to Agude, “We don’t have any business with MASSOB members here because they use another building behind ours as their office. I was surprised to hear that our house was set ablaze by the police when I went to work yesterday.
“My wife went to school because she is a teacher, including my daughter, Onyinye while my first son also went out to his workplace. I have lived in that house since 2006 even before MASSOB came and occupied the house behind mine.

“That house was the only thing I have in this world, including my family. What has been lost is over N10 million. Governor Willie Obiano should come to our rescue please,” he pleaded.

Also reacting, Agude’s lawyer, Chris Okoro said “We understand the governor is cleansing the state but that does not mean setting ablaze people’s property. The suspected MASSOB members involved should be arrested and interrogated to know their mind. The law should be followed to avoid harming the innocent. The entire process of burning houses is wrong”.

The first son of Agude who gave his name as Chika lamented: “I am finished. My whole certificates from my primary to tertiary institutions have all gone. My mother has developed high blood pressure and now she is in the hospital.
“MASSOB office is behind our building and they left it and set our own ablaze while we had all gone to work, including my father, who is a driver at Onitsha South Council Area. As it is now, the family has no other alternative place to live as we have been rendered homeless”.

In like manner, his sister named Onyinye narrated: “Our first building was demolished by Power Holding Company of Nigeria in 2011 because they said our house was near the high tension but when my father built it, the high tension was not there. Today, the one he built after the demolition of the other one has also been demolished and this time by the police.”

When contacted, Mazi Chris Mocha, who is the Personal Assistant to the MASSOB leader, Chief Uwazuruike, dismissed the claim of the Police, saying the house was not occupied by MASSOB members but another Igbo Organization known as Igbo Ga-adinma, which was actually set up by politicians to fight MASSOB”.

Eye witnesses say the police squad, led by Onitsha Police Area Commander, Benjamin Wordu, in company of two Divisional Police Officers, DPOs of Okpoko and Fegge, Emeka Ugwu and Rabiu Garba, stormed the building and set it ablaze.
One of the sources claimed that a gun and some bags of substances believed to be Indian hemp were recovered from the house before it was set on fire.

The police operatives stood their ground that the house was being used by MASSOB members as their base, where innocent people were allegedly tortured and extorted.

- Daily Post

Keshi Sacked, NFF Appoints New Coach

Amodu Shuaibu

The Nigeria Football Federation, has relieved Stephen Keshi of his duties as coach of the Super Eagles and replaced him with another former handler, Shuaibu Amodu.

Amodu will lead a consortium of coaches for Nigeria’s final two 2015 Africa Cup of Nationa qualifiers against Congo and South Africa.

According to reports, a foreign manager will then be appointed to lead the team.

The decision to let Keshi go was taken after the NFF Executive Committee met on Wednesday night, after the Eagles battled to a 3-1 win over Sudan in Abuja. According to a source, the meeting was held ‘in the interest of Nigerian football and the desire to ensure qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals’.

At the meeting, Keshi, whose two-year contract expired after the 2014 World Cup and his technical and backroom staff were axed. Salisu Yusuf, Gbenga Ogunbote and Alloy Agu will now work with Amodu for the last two matches of the qualifying series.

Toyin Ibitoye is the new Media Officer, while Team Secretary Dayo Enebi kept his position.

- Daily Post

Reps alter 71 clauses in 1999 Constitution, reject referendum for Confab report


The House of Representatives on Wednesday amended 71 clauses of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution, turning down a proposal that the recommendations of the recently concluded National Conference be subjected to a referendum, while approving that the call for the creation of more states should go through the process.

The House members also approved independent candidacy for electoral offices and life pension for former presiding officers of the two chambers of the National Assembly.

These decisions were taken when members of the House voted on the report of the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee on the Review of the Constitution yesterday.
Among alterations approved by the House was that which makes it mandatory for the president to address a joint meeting of the National Assembly once a year.

Out of the 261 lawmakers who participated in the constitution amendment voting process, 252 members voted aye for the amendments, 8 voted nay while one of them was undecided. A two-third vote, which is 240 of the 360-member House, is required to amend the constitution before it will be forwarded to the 36 state Houses of Assembly for concurrence.

The 71 clauses amended by the House centered on: legislative immunity, local government autonomy, state creation, indigeneship and citizenship, independent candidacy in elections, budgetary process, life pension for National Assembly heads, role for traditional rulers, among others.

An alteration of Section 7, among others, puts a stop to revenue allocation from the federation account to local governments that are not democratically elected. By it, local government administrations also stand dissolved at the expiration of four years commencing from the date the members of council were sworn in.
While amending Section 59, House members also voted to bypass the president if he fails to sign a Bill presented to him within 30 days. The alteration reads, “Within seven days, the president of the Senate shall convene a joint sitting of the National Assembly to reconsider the Bill, and if passed by two-thirds majority of members of both houses at such joint sitting, the Bill shall become law and the assent of the president shall not be required.”

The House members, in other key constitutional amendments, approved independent candidacy in Nigeria’s elections and placed on a first-line charge from Nigeria’s Consolidated Revenue Account, the office of the Auditor-General of the Federation, Nigerian Police, Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) and national security agencies.

While they voted to include seven items in the concurrent legislative list, including agriculture, railways and pensions, the lawmakers went on to approve life pension for the presidents and deputy presidents of Senate and speakers and deputy speakers of the House of Representatives, provided that they were not impeached from office.

Meanwhile, an amendment of Section 241 which led to the insertion of a new sub-section (2A), bars Nigerian courts or tribunals from staying any proceeding on account of an interlocutory appeal.

- Daily Post


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